The weather cooperated beautifully and the Great Neck Park District's Third Annual Rex Lardner Tennis Tournament was a happy success. The tournament namesake, Rex Lardner, was an author who wrote extensively about tennis-and was a regular at the Memorial Field tennis courts. The event was held on Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Memorial Field. The friendly competition included men's doubles and mixed doubles. There was no entry fee for the tournament, but a Great Neck Park District park card and tennis permit were just the "tickets" residents needed to participate and be eligible for prizes.
The Great Neck Park District's Third Annual Rex Lardner Tennis Tournament: (l. to r.) Parkwood Tennis Center Manager Chandev Perera, Michael Lardner, Commissioner Robert Lincoln, Jr., Jane Lardner, Murray Wallach, Commissioner Ruth Tamarin, Parkwood Tennis Pro Rob Villegas, Commissioner William Dobkin. Photo by Mike Miyata
The board of commissioners, residents of the park district and tournament entrants are very thankful to the following individuals who elicited contributions from local merchants as prizes for this event: Linda Imperatore, Marian Dobkin, Murray Wallach, Irene Kolker, Ruth Tamarin, Bob Lewis, Bob Sobel, Bill Omeltchenko and Leon Korobow.
We are especially grateful to the following community-minded merchants, who contributed merchandise or store certificates-and to tennis pros who contributed their instructional expertise as prizes: DeFranco-Spagnolo Salon-Day Spa, Fresh Fields for a large fruit basket, Daruma Restaurant for a $50 dinner certificate; Poultry Mart, $50 certificate; Café Rustica, $50 certificate: Jesse Halpern Skate & Tennis Shop, $30 certificate; Camp & Campus of Great Neck, $20 certificate; United Floral Company, $20 certificate; Squire Theatre, movie tickets for two; Scottos, $20 certificate; Bagel Mentsch, $20 certificate; a Marc John tennis lesson; a hand-crafted Suzanne Schild bracelet; Rob Villegas tennis lesson and Chandev Perera tennis lesson, each donated by the park district; Waldbaum's Supermarket for refreshments and Leon Korobow for refreshments.
Lucky male winners in the mixed doubles category were: first place, D. Seltzer; second place, G. Sperling; third place, H. Fialkov; fourth place, A. Cosi; fifth place, A. Beecher and sixth place, S. Waldman. Women winners in the mixed doubles category: first place went to S. Sharbani; second place, P. Wald; third place, E. Kleinberg; fourth place, D. Lustbader; fifth place, M. Causin; sixth place, S. Kaplan and seventh place, C. Blaha. Winners in the men's doubles were: first place, B. Weintraub; second place, N. Luper; third place, B. Seckler; fourth place J. Tokar; fifth place, A. Miranda.
Again, we thank the organizers of this event, the players, the merchants who donated prizes, the Lardner family-and all those who helped to contribute to our Third Annual Rex Lardner Tennis Tournament. Additional photos will appear in the coming week and we hope to see everyone again next year when the tradition will continue.